BMI or Body Mass Index is simply a measure of your weight relative to your height
that gives an indication of your body fat content. It is often used as one of the
risk factors in assessing your susceptibility to certain diseases and even death.
It does not, however, take other factors into consideration like a person’s level
of muscularity, body frame, bone densities, fat proportions, water weight, etc. For
instance, a muscular athlete can fall as overweight or even obese under the BMI calculation
but muscles are more dense and heavier than fat
How Does BMI Calculator Work?
The formula for computing BMO dates back to the 1800s and is just a ratio of your
body weight to your height. It was not until 1972 when a paper authored by Ancel
Keys pointed to BMI as the best indicator of fat percentage to gauge a person’s fatness
or thinness allowing health professional to discuss overweight and underweight condition
But it is not on its own a diagnosis of a medical condition. A BMI of less than 18
may indicate a person to have anorexia nervosa or some other debilitating disease,
and one above 30 may suggest obesity with the normal BMI within a range from 18.5
to 25. But these are merely numeric indication of body fat condition, not a medical
Calculate Your BMI
* Just enter your current weight and height (in metric or imperial) into the boxes
* Click the “Calculate BMI” button when you are ready to see the result.
* Refer to the BMI categories that tell you if you are underweight, normal, overweight
How Does Being Overweight Affect Health?
In general, overweight conditions due to excess fat increases your susceptibility
to developing all sorts of diseases later on if not remedied. Being overweight itself
is not bad as indicated above.
People who have overdeveloped muscles and a larger frame can have a high BMI, but
they are hardly at risk to the same diseases that obese people face.
In addition, your BMI when taken with your waist circumference as well as your family
history and lifestyles can provide a better assessment of your health risks. A waist
circumference above 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women are generally regarded
in the medical profession as the maximum limits before increasing your health risks
as abdominal fat is also a health risk predictor. Smoking, drinking, a sedentary
lifestyle and family history of heart disease or genetic predisposition also helps
in assessing your health risks. Read More...Obesity Health Risk
Lose Weight Lower Health Risk
People who have high BMI falling into overweight or obese ranges would do well to
start reducing their weight if the excess weight is not caused by a bodybuilder’s
Consult with your doctor who, with BMI information, waist measurement and armed with
your family history and a simple medical check for blood pressure and cholesterol
test can recommend the right diet supplement or drug as well as a suitable low fat
diet and physical activity or exercise for you. It’s never too late. A weight loss
of 10% of your body weight can go along way to minimizing the risk of contracting
heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancers.